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Spring break is here

Some students plan to head out; others will stay in town

senior week is coming

Some students plan to head out; others will stay in town

April 06, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Spring break is short for Washington County high school students, so many are planning ahead to pack in as much as they can. Many teens will be hanging out with friends, some will work extra hours to make more money and some will go on trips.

"It's pretty much tryin' to live it up here," said Michael Hockensmith, 17, a senior at South Hagerstown High School. "If they had actually a full week and weekends - a lot of schools do that - then I'd definitely go somewhere."

Instead, Hockensmith plans to hang out with friends locally after getting in some extra work hours at Target.

Spring break began Thursday for Washington County Public Schools students, with school starting again on Tuesday.

Nick Stevens, 17, of Hagerstown, said he'll use the money he makes working extra hours at Dairy Queen on Dual Highway to pay for insurance for his 1994 Chevy Cavalier.

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Some teens are planning more relaxing breaks.

Austin Jones, 17, of Hagerstown, said he'll probably hang out with friends and play some football. Matt Stone, 16, a sophomore at South High, said he'll also hang with friends, in addition to driving his grayish blue PT Cruiser.

"My spring break plans are I'm going to sit down, eat, watch TV and drive, because I just got my license," Matt said.

South High junior Megan Mitchell, 17, said that last year she went to Ocean City, Md., with two girlfriends for spring break. They went to the beach, ate at restaurants and visited H2O, an underage nightclub.

She said she wasn't sure what she was going to do this spring break.

Brianna Hammond, 17, who lives east of Hagerstown, didn't have special plans for spring break either, but she's looking forward to going to Ocean City during senior week, the week after graduation.

North Hagerstown High School senior Will Abeles, 18, also is planning a trip to the beach during senior week, but this weekend he is with friends at Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Abeles said they will go to the beach and explore the island, which is so small that cars aren't permitted.

Senior week will be the first unsupervised trip for both Hammond and Abeles, whose parents have given them some advice and rules for the week.

Vicki Hammond said she told her daughter not to go anywhere without one of her friends and not to drink a beverage that she's left unattended in case someone slips drugs into it.

Abeles' mom, Bev, said she was more concerned about the boys' long drive to North Carolina than she was about senior week. Her concern was about drivers of other vehicles. The boys arrived safely Wednesday night.

Bev Abeles said she reminded her son the legal drinking age is 21. She said she told him she will make sure she knows whom he's staying with and where he will be.

Because Will Abeles works at Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 movie theater, he's paying for his Ocean City expenses.

Hammond, who is a good student and plays sports all school year, doesn't have a job, so her mother is covering her share of the hotel room. But Hammond will have to use some of her graduation money for other expenses.

Both mothers said they trust their teens.

"She's the baby, though. So, in a way, it makes it a little bit harder," said Vicki Hammond, who has four older children. "Of course, I'm apprehensive about it, but I have to trust her."

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